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At Auckland Zoo there’s an elderly primate whose unobtrusive presence and minimalist surroundings understate her sig­nificant role in our history. Isolated from the other chimps, she looks lonely, but this is her choice. She doesn’t get along with her fellow primates and prefers her solitary enclosure to their park-like surroundings. When her longtime friend, Bobbie, died four years ago, Janie, 58, became the last of the famous tea party chimpanzees.


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